LaFayette is now a designated Purple Heart City and, as such, will give special recognition to its Purple Heart recipients.

A proclamation, prepared by City Attorney Ron Womack, was presented by Mayor Andy Arnold during the City Council's Nov. 13 meeting.

"Now, therefore I, Phillip A. Arnold, Mayor of the City of LaFayette, do hereby proclaim the City of LaFayette, Georgia as a Purple Heart city and encourage the citizens of the City of LaFayette to show their appreciation for the sacrifice the Purple Heart recipients have made in defending all of our freedoms. To acknowledge all of their courage and to show them the honor and the support that they have earned.

A local veteran, Col. Daryl T. Brooks, will spearhead the raising of funds to place a memorial in the city. Brooks approached the city with the idea of making LaFayette a Purple Heart City. The monument will most likely be placed about 50 feet from Duke Street in an alley-way close to the Marsh House, Arnold said.

Josh O'Bryant is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He can be reached at the Walker County Messenger office at 706-638-1859 and by email at jobryant@npco.com.